Info For Seniors: Thrift shop has volunteer jobs to match interests

Carole Thimidis needs help with the jewellery. She has 60 years of experience in the jewelry business and holds several certifications and qualifications. Community Care’s Thrift Shop has been fortunate to have her expertise since the shop opened in 2002.

Carole is a volunteer and she sorts, cleans and sometimes repairs all the donated jewelry. Some items are set aside for the jewellery auction. Most pieces are put on display for sale in the Thrift Shop.

Carole says “I love jewelry” and you can tell by the beautiful pieces assembled for the silent auctions and by the jewelry she’s wearing each and every time you see her. Can you help Carole with the jewelry? If you have experience that’s terrific. If you don’t have experience with jewellery think of all you can learn from her.

If you’re interested in other volunteer positions at the Thrift Shop we have openings that might be just right for you. Each “shift” is three hours long, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There are a few volunteers who prefer to come in for the whole day and that’s fine too.

Some people work at the cash register, others sort clothing or linens. Still others check to see if things are working and add batteries when needed.

Volunteers pick up furniture from donors. Other volunteers tend to the recycling and garbage. Still others spend their time in the library room keeping the books and other media in good order. There’s something for everyone who volunteers at the thrift shop.

An orientation for new volunteers is coming up soon. Call Community Care at 613-476-7493 to start the conversation. Call today if you like jewellery because Carole needs help right away!

Social and recreational programs

Community Care for Seniors offers several programs and services that address the need for seniors to have social and recreational activities close to where they live. For a full schedule of upcoming social and recreational programming see the special page on the web site at or call 613-476-7493.

Help around the home

Seniors who need help with chores at home, either inside or out, can call Community Care. We have carefully screened workers at reasonable rates.

Help is available with spring yard work, grass cutting, light and heavy housework, meal preparation, and respite – both during the day and overnight. For information on this service call Community Care at 613-476-7493.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes